We are excited to offer classes for people who want to learn how to build a beautiful Pygmy wood kayak from experienced builders. Our courses are set in a fun group setting. This is a great, hands on opportunity to learn how to assemble a solo kayak from trained professional boat builders. Over the six day course students will complete major assembly of their kayak. At the conclusion of the class your kayak will be ready to be car-topped home, where the final construction steps and varnish application will be completed. The classes we have currently scheduled are listed below. To register call us at (360) 385-6143, 10am-5pm (Pacific Time) Monday-Saturday.Click here to see a photo blog of the kayak building class.
Having trouble deciding which kayak to build? Call us: (360) 385-6143. We train our staff to listen to your boating needs and help determine which craft will best suit your body size, skill and outdoor adventure desires.
This year we are excited to begin partnering with the Apalachicola Maritime Musuem in Apalachicola, FL. Since the introduction of our classes here in Port Townsend, WA it has become clear that we needed to offer a class on the other side of the country- thank you for your requests, we have listened! The Appalachicola Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the maritime history in a hands-on learning environment with boat building and educational programs. Plus, the classes take advantage of their warm climate and are even held outside. To register call us at (360) 385-6143. Tuition: $750 for primary student, $200 for student helpers.
September 15th-21st:Coho & Coho Hi Class,This class is full. November 10th-16th:Pinguino 145 Class,This class is full; we are accepting names for a waiting list.
Where to Stay: The Apalachicola Maritime Musuem is located on the waterfront in the historic town of Apalachicola, FL. There are a number of great B&B's and small hotels in town: the Gibson Inn and the River Inn are within easy walking distance of the musuem. The Coombs House B&B is about 6 blocks from the museum and the Blue Moon Inn is right across the street. Some people choose to rent a house or stay in a hotel or condo on St. George Island, a 15 - 20 minute drive from the museum. For a complete list of dining and places to stay, visit: http://www.apalachicolabay.org/
These courses take place at the Northwest Maritime Center, located on the water in Port Townsend, Washington.
Tuition: $800 for primary student, $200 for student helpers
October 6th-12th, 2014:This class is full; we are accepting names for a waiting list. November 17th-23rd, 2014:This class is full; we are accepting names for a waiting list.
July 13th-19th, 2015:This class is full; we are accepting names for a waiting list.
August 10th-16th, 2015:Space Available
*Please Note: We are still working on adding classes to our 2015 schedule. As in the past we will first notify our newsletter recipients before posting it online. To register to recieve these notifications simply click on the link in the upper right hand corner that reads, "Newsletter Sign Up".
Where to Stay: Port Townsend, WA is a beautiful, historic seaport town. There are several hotel and bed & breakfast options to choose from for accommodations. For a listing of hotels please visit: http://www.ptguide.com/
Classes are given over a six day period, each day beginning at 9 am and running until about 5 pm. The seventh day is reserved for pick-up of the kayak in the morning. Students will enjoy expert instruction and the use of an equipped shop space. Click here to see a photo blog of each day.
The tuition for attending a class is $800 for primary students, student helpers pay $200, unless otherwise noted. A $200 deposit is required up front to reserve a place in a class and is non-refundable and non-transferable to other class dates. In addition to the tuition students need to purchase the kit they will be constructing during the class. For kit pricing click here: Price list. If the class is taking place outside of Port Townsend, WA, students will also be responsible for the shipping costs. Please note, each student's kit will be prepped in advance for each class. The prep work required precludes students from bringing their own previously purchased kit with them to a class.
Tools to bring
It is best for students to work with their own tools during class. Tools you should bring with you include the following (to see an image of the tool click on the tool name):
If you have any questions about the required tools please give us a call: (360) 385-6143
Getting Your Boat Home:
Your kayak will be ready to car-top back to your home shop at the conclusion of the class. Be sure your vehicle is capable of securely transporting a kayak, and that you have straps and line available. Pygmy Boats and the boat shop you are building your kayak in will not be able to store your boat for you, or provide shop space for you to complete construction. Some boat shops do rent space but such arrangements would need to be made with them in advance.
Completing Your Boat:
At the conclusion of class you will have completed several of the major construction steps required to assemble your Pygmy kayak, but you will still have some work to do before you can start paddling. It is suggested that you have an indoor or covered work space available to complete the final steps of construction. You will likely have gained all the skill and confidence you will need to complete construction of your boat without further assistance. However, if you do have questions while working at home our expert construction advisers are available to assist you by phone or e-mail. Please do not hesitate to call us with questions. We encourage it.
At the time of registration, a deposit of $200 will be charged. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
8 weeks prior to the class start date, the remainder of the tuition and boat kit fees will be charged. For classes outside of Port Townsend, kits will be shipped in advance so they can be prepped for the class.
If You Need to Cancel:
Please notify us right away if you need to cancel. If you cancel, your class tuition will be refunded minus the $200 deposit. If you cancel your kit purchase at any time before we have started gluing your panels together (usually about two-four weeks prior to the class, depending on the location of the class) we will refund the price of your kit. After we have started gluing your kit together we will not refund your kit price. You are, of course, welcome to come and pick up your kit and the full length panels. If we have shipped your kit to another location for a class you may either pick up the kit there or you can pay the return shipping fee plus a $75 re-box fee.
If We Need to Cancel:
Pygmy Boats Inc. reserves the right to cancel a class in the event of emergency or low registration. If we cancel a course you will be refunded your tuition and boat kit money.